Do doctors practice what is preached?

A survey of the Harvard Medical School faculty shows that, yes, mainly they do. Healthy habits and low BMIs prevail.

So, what do you do, doctor? Many of us have been tempted to ask that question. We gave in to the temptation in a big way and surveyed the Harvard Medical School faculty about their health habits and a variety of other health-related issues.

Some of our interest is just plain curiosity. We're also reviving a tradition: the faculty received similar surveys in 1982 and 1992. Perhaps we can also take some encouragement from what this group does and thinks. If medical school faculty keep up with the fruit and vegetables and find time to exercise, perhaps we can do the same. We posted a copy of the survey and the complete results at

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